by A. Grano on August 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am
With back to school right around the corner, it’s important to test a very simple activity with your own children, particularly if they walk to and from school or have to cross a street to get to the school bus on their own.
New study findings, which will be published in the August Pediatrics issue, show that children under 10 years old with ADHD may be unable to safely cross the street on their own. Compared to their peers, the study participants with ADHD had inadequate judgment ability when determining how much time they required to safely cross, which lead to several close calls, and potentially lead to unintentional injury.
According to background research conducted for the study, unintentional injury is the leading cause of pediatric deaths, with about one in six pedestrian fatalities occurring in children between the ages of 7 and 10.
In this particular study, researchers suggest that the results were related to a deficit in executive functioning, which are tasks the brain controls, such as timing, inhibition, planning, and execution of planning. Further, the simulated street environment was void of potential distractors, which could further compound the judgment abilities of the ADHD participants in a real-life scenario.
What you can do
Natural remedies can help mitigate the impulsivity risks a child with ADHD may take when deciding whether or not to cross the street. Running through a practice street crossing activity of your own with your child can also help you gauge your child’s competence. Ask your child whether he or she thinks it is safe to cross, at different times of day. If possible, always encourage your child to cross where there is a designated crossing guard present.
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